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Dreams of dancing, dance classes, performances, styles, techniques. I spent a lot of years in dance classes but never danced professionally--felt reluctant even to try. So dance is an ambivalent theme in my dreams, sometimes pure joy, sometimes very mixed with shyness and shame about my body or my skills...

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ABJECT OBJECT: by Wayan; 1992, a nondream digital picture-prose-poem
It's OK to be a sex object as long as you're also a subject. What's no fun is being an abject...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
AIN'T EASY: by Wayan; 1990. Nondream digital Coyote dance poster.
As Red Emma said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution..."
ALERTNESS GYM: by Wayan; 1994/4/19, a strange dream date.
I go on a date who seems bored till she takes me to the Alertness Gym...
THE AMAZONS' OFFER: by Wayan; 2012/6/13, a mystical sexy dream poem.
A horde of wild women camp in my yard and practice leaping through invisible spacetime portals. They invite me along...
CAUTION: FEATHERED, PAINTED NUDITY
ANIMAL DREAMLETS: by Wayan; 1996/11/20, four dream vignettes
A night of gorilla-guerillas, feminist backlash among the wolves, and hot horse-ballerinas in chorus lines...
ANIMAL HEAVEN: by Wayan; 2008/8/16, an astral dream-poem; Dreamverse #6.
At a party in Animal Heaven, I fall for a rabbit-girl doomed to be human dinner. How can I rescue her? I'm Fate's part-time intern!
CAUTION: BREASTS, BEASTS, INCOMPETENT ANGEL OF DEATH
ANNOYING GODDESS: by Wayan; 1993/12/10, just another dance/pregnancy/sexchange/goddess dream.
I was a pregnant dancer on the Fertility Goddess's new TV show, but I was mad at her...
AQUARINA PRODIGY: by Wayan; 2009/10/15, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #60
A child prodigy stands out in a chorus line of waterdancers. Her body and energy are a patchwork of young and old...
BACKACHE DIALOGUES: by Wayan; 1993/12/10, four bizarre diagnostic dreamlets.
I asked my dreams why my back hurt. They told me: pregnancy, marsupial pouches, snapping turtles...
BELLE OF THE BALL: by Bonnie; 2006/5/2, a sexy ghost dream
Iíll win a house if I can survive a night in the Haunted Pavilion! But it turns out Iíve been here before--before I was born...
CAUTION: GHOST ORGY
BERRY DANCE: by Wayan; 2009/12/17; a nightmare turns to go-go-dance
My kidnappers were desperate: no jobs. I fled them down the berry chute, to the underground strawberry factory where engineers in go-go boots did the berry dance. And the berries...
CAUTION: STRAWBERRY FETISH
BLUE SKIES: by Georganna Malloff; 1980?, painting of a slightly predictive dream.
I dreamed of a bear playing a cello concert. The next day at a local concert I was surprised to see that the cellist...
THE CAMBODIAN GIRL: by Wayan; 125K, 1996/4/2 dream illustrated by sculpture, 2000.
VERY mixed media--the boat is warped wood. And the story is warped more...
CAUTION: SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE AND QUITE EMBARRASSED ABOUT IT
CAT DANCER: by Wayan; 1996; statue of dream figure; clay, wire, acrylic, 15"
I have recurring dreams of this sexy feline anima or familiar who loves dance.
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
CHOREOGRAPHY: by Wayan; 2006/9/7, a nightmare of murder in plain sight.
At a beach, a mob of kids stage an intricate practical joke full of coordinated ďaccidents.Ē How many of the jokers knew the end was death?
CAUTION: MALICE
CLAY AND HOP: by Wayan; 2009/10/30, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #63
I touch the secret soul of a cancer survivor, upsetting her. To apologize, I become a goofy hopping god...
CAUTION: FONDLING SACRED FIGURINES
CLONE BREAKUP (illus. text) or CLONE (5p. comic): by Wayan; 1994/2/27, a psychic dream on the need to stand out.
I model with ten blonde clones. They want to be seen as individuals, so it's their last fashion show before they...
COMING TO THE JUMPING OFF PLACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 92/5/1, painting of an escape dream
Trapped on an island, spied on and controlled, we decide to jump off a cliff and die; but as we jump, a spirit sneaks us off be reborn...
COSMIC MAYPOLE: by Georganna Malloff; 1976-80s, dream-based drawings and totem poles
I dreamed all the creatures of the world were dancing around a maypole. My friends and I sculpted a totem pole from the dream...
CRAZY JANE GROWN OLD LOOKS AT THE DANCERS: by W.B. Yeats; spring 1929?, a dream-based poem on envy
Crazy Jane watches a dancing couple's passionate games, and envies even their hate; to her, it's part of love...
DANCE RESISTANCE: by Wayan; 1994/4/11, a dream of sabotage--or is it?.
I encounter a powerful psychic force stopping me from dancing... or is that what it's after?
DANCING BACKWARD: by Roswila; 2007/5/21, a punning dream-poem
I just watch as all the dance students practice the jive step. I think I already know that one...
DANCING ROBBANE: by Emily Joy; 2007/8/1, sculpture of a dream sculpture.
The clay came alive, shaped itself, started dancing...and mutating.
DANCING WITH EMILY BRONTE: by Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree; 1943?, a lesbian literary love-dream
Alli/Tip could only imagine loving the strange, intense, and unavailable--and Bronte was all three..
DAWN SAYS 'SCULPT MASTURBATION': by Wayan; 1997/8/3; an advisory dream
My sculptor friend Dawn corrected my statue of a girl relaxing to a girl really relaxing... it only 4:33 PM 2/25/2011took me 13 years to act on the dream!
CAUTION: SKETCHED & SCULPTED MASTURBATION
DEER-MAN DANCING: by "Cmmndrblu"; early 2006, a shamanic dream triggers a dream-within-a-dream at least six layers deep!
First I met a deer-man in the woods. Next week I go lucid, then wake up... only to find I'm still dreaming. And wake again. And wake, and wake...
DRAGON BANNERS: by Wayan; 1987/3/19, a dream on the hollow inside.
A dragon's daughter seeking her inheritance defies a sneaky dragon-realtor out to own the world...
THE DRAGON'S TEETH: by Wayan; 1994/6/23; a real-life nightmare, a dream mapping out life.
I'm dancing on stage, in behavioral space. But right in the middle of the stage, erupt these... teeth?
DREAM DANCE: by Allan Goldhammer, 2004-6; a dream-poem
A high place at night. The lights of a great city below. I step off into the air, and dance...
DREAM OF THE DANCE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2006/10/16, a dream-painting
After our trip to Turkey, I dreamed I was dancing in a heavy black robe like those the Turkish women wore...
DREAMKU, SEPTEMBER 2006: by Roswila; thirty dream-haiku with various dates from 1960-2006
One dream-poem in haiku style each day for a month! Ghosts, snow, penguins, yoga babies, elves who leave their tree...
DREAMKU, JANUARY 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to January 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
A month of dreams full of science fiction: galactic navigation, spacedragons, oppressed fairies, alien love...
EEL TOWER: by Wayan; 1981/4/23, a dream of longing.
I dreamed living in a body of flesh is like being trapped on a sinking cruise ship...
CAUTION: NUDITY (but she's just crying, not giving that guy a blowjob, okay?)
THE EGG PROBLEM: by Wayan; 1990/3/2, digital painting of a magical dream.
I was an intellectual ballerina trying to stop zombies hatching from stone eggs...
ELVEN DANCER: by Wayan; 1999, 14" mixed-media sculpture of waking fantasy.
I'd been reading Francesca Lia Block's I WAS A TEENAGE FAIRY...
CAUTION: NUDITY
FLY, DANCER!: by Wayan; 1993/4/2; an advisory dream.
In my ballet class, we were learning to leap. But I wanted to FLY. So I went outside alone...
FOUR-ARMED SINGER: by Wayan; 1996/5/16; a dream of baring your soul .
In our mutant future, a lovely horse-tailed four-armed girl sings her heart out--as clubgoers ignore her...
CAUTION: NUDE CABARET
FRIDA'S PRISON PAINTINGS: by Wayan; 2010/11/19, a Frida Kahlo-inspired dreamlet
Frida's battered sister Cristina Kahlo dances nude and gets jailed by the Office of Homeland Security. Frida paints her in prison...
GEEK SHORTAGE: by Wayan; 135K, 1990-95. Digital panorama on body image--literally.
A narrative mural on the sexiness of dancers, as I became one--at the moment I lost my old geeky self...
GOD'S DANCE CLUB: by Wayan; 1995/5/2, an apocalyptic dream.
God's dance club, the Universe, is shutting down. God broke his promise that we staff could get on stage...
GO-GO GANG: by Wayan; 2013/8/26, a dream warning that abuse casts a long shadow.
The Go-Go Gang, fashionistas, sing "This town is OUR town" and kick a girl who wore their colors--giving me flashbacks to the kids who broke MY ribs...
CAUTION: JERKS
GRAPE: by Wayan; 1991. Digital painting of daydream.
There's the watermelon of passion, and then there are the little grapes of fun that foxes eat...
CAUTION: NUDE DANCING
GRAVITREE: by Wayan; 2008/3/21, a character-evaluation dream.
Just singing about the antigravitree lightens me. I bound around town. But then I find a diseased antigravitree is holding me down. It's become a gravitree! Gotta clear out that deadwood, no matter how messy, if I want to fly...
HEALING DANCE: by Wayan; 1997/5/14, a dream of shamanic shop talk.
A shaman designs a rite to focus the village's healing attention on her client; the rest is just showmanship...
HEART-SWING: by Havelock Ellis; c.1920? a dream-conversation with a heart
A young woman and I swing one another into the air. I asked her to swing me more slowly and regularly...
THE HOMONKEYLUS: by Wayan; 1992/6/15, a looping dream about blinders.
A smiling beauty queen on a float gives birth to a monkey with blinders, then re-absorbs the baby, then...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND ODDITY
A HOT SKATER: by Wayan; 1997/5/8, a suggestive dream.
A skater so hot, she tears her clothes off and starts melting the ice! I'm shy with her: thin ice, you know...
CAUTION: NUDITY
HOW LONG IS ENOUGH?: by Wayan; 1994/4/24, a psychic little dream.
Just a dance/yoga dream, warning "don't push your body till it hurts..." that came true the next day.
I WAS A SEX SLAVE: by Wayan; 1994/11/20, a dream on isolation
I'm a slave dancer. I run for it, and make it over the border. But my owner comes looking for me...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SLAVE SOCIETY
ICARIAN PAIN: by Wayan; 125K, 3 ill., 1982/10/19, a dream of shyness, and flying, and pinching yourself.
I meet some cute dancers, but rather than flirt, I just try ballet leaps too. I get more than I bargained for...
INCEST IMPROV: by Wayan; 2005/6/13, a flying-dream poem, Dreamverse #21
Improv-dancing with my sister, I get turned on. But then a repressed Asian girl joins our dance, and...
CAUTION: INCEST MENTIONED. OOPS, TOO LATE.
JANEWAY'S TANGO: by Wayan, 1998/10/20, a psychic Star Trek dream.
Why is Captain Janeway doing the tango with another woman, in a creek, wearing a mermaid tail?
LANTERN DANCE: by Wayan; 1983; nondream collage of dance-observations
I was just sketching figures in the extreme (iconic?) stances they get in when they dance...
THE LESSON: by W.H. Auden; 1942, a poem on three linked nightmares
I'm told "Your lives are not in order." The golden crown's too heavy. I win my lover's hand--only the hand. What are my dreams accusing me of?
CAUTION: SEVERED HAND, SUBTLE GUILT
LIBERTÉ: by Marie-Claude Girondé, c. 2005?, a dream painting.
"Freedom is a gift you give yourself." But it doesn't always involve seahorses or babycarriages covered in quills...
A LIFE IN PERCENTAGES: by Wayan; 2013/5/19, a dream about dreams--and timesharing
A man I meet leads half a dozen consistent dreamlives--a life so splintered it's hard to be sure which is his waking one...
LITTLE DEVILS: by Roswila, 2007/10/30; a dreamku
A dream haiku of little devils dancing the conga. What's it mean? Well, check the date...
THE LOCH NESS DANCE: by Wayan; 1987/10/14, a Zen dream.
I'm chasing a guy named Will (short for Willful Conformity) through the classes of a mad dance academy...
THE MAD UNVEILERS: by Marie-Claude Girondé, early 2009, a dream painting.
The dancers, in a frenzy, stripped themselves. Not just their clothes; themselves...
MCKILLIP'S NEW BOOK: by Wayan; 2010/7/23, an epic literary dream
I'm inside a magical novel by Patricia McKillip, full of tricksters, cosplayers, spooks, sex changes, levitation and (sigh) riot cops...
CAUTION: COYOTE SEX
IN THE MERMAID'S DRESSING ROOM: by Wayan; 100K, 1993/12/18; an evolutionary dream.
At Sea-Dragon State Park, I climbed down to the sea serpent's dressing room after the show, and found...
CAUTION: MERMAID BREASTS
MISFITS ON MARS: by Wayan; 300K, 1986/11/20, an epic dream; the climax of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
From the punk clubs of Frisco to the Safeways of Si Valley to the vermilion sands of Mars, Silky the were-nightmare fights for the Misfits against every cliche in science fiction...
MOLLY'S PROSTHETIC: by Wayan, 1994/9/22, a dream of handy advice.
My dad's new wife is a collie. Naturally, she wants a prosthetic arm. But she has no site to bind it to...
CAUTION: BREAST-OBSESSED BUSINESSMAN, DOG WIFE
MY GATE: by Wayan; 1996/5/29; a bizarre, joyful dream; 4-page comic (or ill. text version)
The full moon rises: I become Weregirl, do the Moondance, and gnaw open the lock on my heart...
CAUTION: MOONING
MY PRIZE: by Wayan; 1997/8/15, a short psychic dream on inner critics.
A teen awards me prizes for art and writing. I wake to see her on TV--a gymnast after a prize herself...
NANCY AND KIT: by Wayan; 1994/1/3, a dream about mislabeling.
In a psychodrama scene, I try to stop a furious guy from hitting an exhibitionist girl. But I'm bleeding...
NINA'S RING: by Nina's clown, 1955/4/20, a lifesaving intuition
While rehearsing our circus act I mentally saw Nina's ladder breaking loose. Next day, a supporting ring snapped. Being forewarned, I pulled hard...
THE OLD WITCH: by Wayan; 1991/8/1, a dreamtale on abandon.
A Hollywood sex goddess confronts the Ingenue who's supplanting her. Just how far will she go?
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM
ON THE SEASHORE: by Gabrielle Bell; between 1998-2002; a lucid dream-comic
I'm on a beach in Mexico with a baby--my only souvenir of an affair I can't recall. I'm a mom? My whole life will change! Wait. Is this real, or...
PERISSA: by Wayan; 660K total (15 images); 1997/9/13, a sexy political dream.
When Perissa, an exhibitionistic centaur, bares her body in a crowded Coliseum, she also bares a racist plot...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, SPECISM
PESCADERO MONET: by Wayan; 1983/11/4, a happy art-cult dream.
Monet is over 100 now, living in an art colony. I visit him, but my parents come along. Bad idea...
PRAISE THE DANCING GOONS: by Wayan; 2008/10/16, a dream-poem: Dreamverse 34
Three big tap-dancing kidnappers is too many to fight. So I try admiring their kidnapping technique...
PUNKZINE BALLERINA UNDERWEAR: by Wayan; 1995/4/25, a short dream with self-portrait.
Am I a punk dyke or a shy ballerina? Both! And they're complementary facets. Underwear never lies...
(IN THE) REHEARSAL ROOM: by Wayan; 360 x 600, 1982. A dream on shyness.
I dreamed my fears faded like ghosts, as we made love in the rehearsal room. But invisible is not gone...
CAUTION: SEX
THE SEA-HAG RIOT: by Wayan; 100K, 1989/6/5, a wild dream hiding a warning.
Aliens, hypnotherapy, dancing molars, riots, witches, flying pianos, lettuce... yet there is a point.
SHAKE! 1995; digital Muybridge tribute by Wayan.
I love what dancers look like, seen over time, in strobe photos. Like weird undersea growths...
WARNING: NAKED CATS
SHE DREAMS OF BELLY DANCING: by Daughn Lee and Roswila; 1999 (2000?), a collaborative dream-poem
Alternating stanzas by very different poets, based on Roswila's dream of bellydancing in the streets...
SHEEPISH: by Wayan; 1985/9/24, a stupid psychic dream.
Floundering through the snows of 1917, I fall in love with a sheep named Linda Evans, who teaches ballet...
SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 1999/8/1, an epic Shakespearean dream (17 illus.)
Stolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm made nurse to her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
CAUTION: IDEAS
SONG FOR THE DANCE: by Roswila; 2000/11/25, a dream-poem
A joyful song about ignoring your critics. The last stanza came verbatim from the dream...
A STAGE FRIGHT: by Wayan; 1993/11/17, a revealing automatic writing-trance
I froze in dance class when I followed anyone else's script. Was it fear? A dragon inside said no...
STOMPO: by Wayan; 1992; digital sketch of imaginary dance.
Just a soft sketch of two dancers...then this loud slutty stomping woman leapt into the center...
WARNING: NUDITY.
STONE DANCER: by Wayan; archaic (16-color!) image, 1991.
Not a dream--one night I just found myself painting Potatohenge...
TAROT: THE ANOREXIC DANCER: by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of excessive self-denial, whether compulsive or artistic or spiritual...
TAROT: THE SULKY: by Wayan; 300 x 480. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
At the Dream Circus, a grumpy little greenish Scotsman rode a sulky, pulled by a playful black horse who...
THERE I WAS: by Michelle Brand, 1972, stream-of-consciousness lucid dream comic
Kaleidoscopic constellations? No thanks! A nudist town in Italy? Ugh. But vaudeville in a monk's robe and roller skates...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
MY TUTELARY UNCLE: by Wayan; 1993/5/28, a shamanic dream.
I'm half Anglo, half Kwakiutl. My uncle the shaman died, but he still wants to teach me his medicine...
TUTUCHMAN: by Wayan; 1995? Odd little digital fantasy
I read Barbara Tuchman's history of the American Revolution and had to paint this portrait of George...
CAUTION: TRANSVESTITE PRESIDENTIAL ICONOGRAPHY
UNICORN LEAP: by Wayan; 1987?, nondream ink sketch tinted with acrylic.
A unicorn in a dance performance--a solo vignette with a spectacular leap. And the dancer knows it...
THE UNMAKING OF A DANCER: by Wayan; 1994/5/22, a journal extract on dance and health.
Ballerina Joan Brady quit, but ten years later, returned. Her body rejuvenated! So what can MINE do?
WARM MOTHER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2001/3/24, 3/29, 3/30 & 4/1; dreams
My mother takes over caring for my sick daughter; I feel pushed aside. When I wake, I try to paint a more positive image of mothering...
For a week, dream after dream appears with situations full of opportunities for patience and letting go of jealousy...
WHAT TO DO IN A WIZARD'S LAIR: by Wayan; 2013/4/23, a comic dreamlet
A friend who's a sorceror's apprentice shows me his Dark Master's tower. And the bed strewn with stuffed animals. I just can't resist...
WOLF EXOGAMY: by Wayan; 2010/12/19; a furry dating-advisory dream
A dream of human and wolf people intermarrying provokes both a sculpture and a slightly more wolfish attitude...
"YOU'RE SO GAY!": by Wayan; 2013/1/24. A psychic dream of a time-short oracle.
I'm in line to meet a shockingly accurate psychic. But she's running late, so as I frame my question...
CAUTION: I'M NOT GAY BUT I SURE AM QUEER


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